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Job film director, film actor, stage director, stage actor
Years active 1911-1966
Top Roles Valentin: Gretchens Bruder / Marguerite's brother, Lauer, Der Abbé, Kirila Petrowitsch, Ludwig II
Top GenresDrama, Romance, Comedy, Crime, Adventure, Mystery
Top TopicsBook-Based, Romance (Drama), Pre-Code Cinema
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Shares birthday with Charles R. Rogers, Monty Banks, David Tree  see more..

William Dieterle Overview:

Director, William Dieterle, was born Wilhelm Dieterle on Jul 15, 1893 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany. Dieterle died at the age of 79 on Dec 8, 1972 in Ottobrunn, Germany and was laid to rest in Friedhof Hohenbrunn Cemetery in Bavaria (Bayern), Germany.



Although Dieterle was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1937Best DirectorThe Life of Emile Zola (1937)N/ANominated

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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William Dieterle Facts
Is perhaps the only person to have directed two film versions of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". With Max Reinhardt, he co-directed the all-star, big budget 1935 film version, and by himself directed a German made-for-TV version in 1968.

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 245-251. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

Directed 5 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Paul Muni, Joseph Schildkraut, Brian Aherne, Walter Huston and Jennifer Jones. Muni and Schildkraut won Oscar for their performances in one of Dieterle's movies.

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